How to Engage in Exploratory Thinking
  (This is much easier if you are not an "absolutist"--that is,
are the type of person who is the naturally open to ambiguity.)

1.  Put yourself in the position of having to address a knowledgeable audience about a topic (a judge, for example) and assume that your audience cares about accuracy.

2.  Seek out others to test your hypothesis--especially persons of contrasting views.